Senators' Chris Neil owes creditors over $2 million


chrisneil.jpgSometimes being a well-paid professional athlete can have it’s own sorts of crazy problems. For instance, sometimes you can start a business with your brothers and end up owing a ton of money to creditors because you started said business before you struck it big in the NHL. If that story sounds familiar to you, you might just be Ottawa Senators enforcer Chris Neil. Chip Martin from Slam! Sports in Canada fills us in on the details.

A judge will consider final details in a proposal that would see the bankrupt NHLer’s 45 creditors receive about 20 cents on the dollar.

A report from his trustee shows Neil owes his creditors $2.4 million. He has available assets of $544,451 after his trustee receives its cut of $104,671.

So just how does a guy that makes $2 million a year have only a little over a half-million in assets? Easy, he just started making that much money this past season. Before that he was making just a shade over a cool million. All right, so he’s not exactly crying poor because of that, but just how did this come to be? Sarah Varrati at Brock Aggregates, Neil’s main creditor, explained what happened with Neil’s business.

The business, which specializes in excavation work, stopped paying its bills in 2006, she recalled, which prompted Brock to consider its options to recoup its money.

At the very least Chris Neil was saved from being publicly humiliated by Brock Aggregates as they had plans to pay a visit to a Leafs-Senators game in Toronto and come bearing signage for Neil asking him to start paying his bills to them, amounting just over $46,000. For that amount of money, the creditors may have actually been able to get seats by the glass at Air Canada Centre.


Scary moment: Carlo Colaiacovo hospitalized with ‘dented trachea’


Buffalo Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has experienced plenty of bad injury luck in his winding career, but Saturday presented one of his worst scares.

As you can see from the video above, Colaiacovo received a scary cross-check from Viktor Arvidsson of the Nashville Predators, who received a major penalty and game misconduct.

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said that Colaiacovo was hospitalized with a “dented trachea” yet is OK, the Buffalo News’ John Vogl reports.

Frightening stuff from an eventual 4-1 Sabres win.

PHT will keep an eye out for additional updates regarding Colaiacovo’s health (and a possible suspension for Arvidsson).

Comeback Kings: Gaborik pulls L.A. past Kane, Blackhawks

Jake Muzzin, Scott Darling

Patrick Kane set an American scoring record, and added another assist to make it more impressive, but the Los Angeles Kings just wouldn’t be denied.

In the end, Marian Gaborik‘s big night meant more than Kane’s; he scored the tying and then overtime game-winner, both assisted by Anze Kopitar, for a rousing 4-3 overtime Kings win.

Gaborik’s first goal:

And here’s video of the OT-GWG:

Noticing a theme tonight? Yeah, it’s been an evening in which it’s dangerous to assume a lead would stand.

With that, the Kings stick to the No. 1 spot in the Pacific Division, but Chicago shouldn’t feel all bad. The Blackhawks were able to piece together a decent run during their dreaded “circus trip.”

Patrick Kane’s streak hits 19 games, setting a new American record


When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.

With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).

As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.

Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.

So, how would you protect a lead against the Stars?


You know what they say: it’s easy to bash a strategy in hindsight.

Slam that NFL head coach for going for it on fourth down … or settling for the field goal. Bury that MLB manager because he kept a pitcher in too long. And so on.

“Score effects” settle in during almost any lopsided hockey game, yet the Dallas Stars present quite a conundrum: what’s the best way to put a way a team with this much firepower?

Tonight may have presented the greatest evidence that this team won’t go away easy, as it seemed like the Minnesota Wild had the best of a tired Stars team* when they built a 3-0 lead.

Instead, the Stars scored three third-period goals while Tyler Seguin capped the comeback with an overtime-winner.

It was one of those bend-and-then-break moments for Minnesota. Dallas generated a 44-26 shot advantage, including a ridiculous 35-15 edge in the final two periods.

Does that mean that Mike Yeo may have tried to play too conservatively with a healthy lead? It’s a possibility.

On the other hand, would the Wild be wiser to try to run-and-gun with one of the most dangerous offenses in the NHL?

It sure seems like a pick-your-poison situation. Which way would you lean, though?

* – To be fair to Minnesota, each team was on back-to-backs.